Monday, January 28, 2013

Rum Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe is adapted from The Pioneer Woman, originating with a Quaker Oat recipe. It is one in which you have to think ahead if you want to soak the raisins overnight  in rum. Alternately, if rum is not an option, you can plump the raisins by bringing them to a boil in concentrated orange juice.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp pancake syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
Method:
  1. Rinse raisins and place in a small bowl. Pour rum over them to almost cover and soak overnight.
  2. In mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening, sugars and syrup until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla.
  3. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and add to wet, beating in well.
  4. Add rolled oats, drained raisins and nuts, mixing them in well.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 9 - 10 minutes at 375 F.
  6. Cool on cookie sheets. Yields 3 1/2 dozen.


 
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7 comments:

  1. Oh wow. I can almost smell those in my house as I write this... and my mouth is seriously watering!

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  2. Oatmeal cookies are my favourite and this recipe looks extra special!

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  3. Just about the only time I use raisins is for carrot slaw and I always soak them in boiling water to soften them up a bit while I'm grating the carrots and making the mayonnaise.

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  4. This was a timely recipe. I just came home from California a few days ago, and I brought along some fresh raisins. So, of course, I had to make these cookies. But the raisins were so fresh, no need for soaking. The cookies went over better than I thought, with my non-raisin eating family. I think that maybe I will try them next time at 350.

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  5. When do I add the shortening or do I add with the butter?

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  6. Oh my goodness, these are amazing!

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